Litter Box List - Cat Info Detective

Litter Box List

Skye Blake looking left through magnifying glass

There are many litter boxes and pans on the market today. I’ve put together a list of many of them currently available in the United States.

If you use one you love and it’s not on the list, tell me about it at “Contact Skye”… I’ll sniff it out!

paw prints coming in from a distance

DIY – Make Your Own Litter Box

plastic storage container as litter box

Any plastic (or metal) storage container, from under-bed boxes to tall ones can be made into a litter box.

They’re usually less expensive than regular ones and can often be found at yard sales or thrift stores for next to nothing.

Taller containers can have a hole cut in them for an entrance if needed. They can also be used upside down for outdoor shelters for feral or stray cats.

Cameras for videos

There are videos available on YouTube for making all kinds of litter boxes. Just search “DIY litter box”.

Here are a few to start…

“Best Litter Box… How to Make an Easy-Access Box for Old Arthritic Cats”

“Making a DIY Temporary Litterbox From Cardboard”, The Honest Kitchen, August 26, 2019 (a great one for small kittens)

“DIY The Best Litter Box”, Ingrid Johnson, CCBC Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, YouTube


Open Litter Boxes

Black cat in litter box

Most open boxes come in plastic and stainless steel varieties. Some are now made with higher end materials such as fiberglass.

Plastic is cheapest but must be replaced over time since odor will absorb into it.

There are also various grades of plastics used so some are better quality, more sturdy, and less absorbent than others.

Stylish boxes are available so you don’t have to sacrifice decorative value with ugly boxes.

Traditional Open Boxes

person cleaning a cat's litter box

Most open boxes are rectangles made from plastic or stainless steel.

Open boxes have sides that range in height from about 5″ to over 10″, some with a low 2-3″ entrance for kittens or arthritic cats.

There are so many options available. Check these sites to review and compare prices…

Amazon, Chewy, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, Wayfair, and Target. (These links are for your convenience… I make no money from them.)

Some more boxes are…

Ohmaker’s OhmBox – Stainless Steel Cat Litter Box, Extra Large, Never Absorbs Odors, Stains or Rusts

Pureness CP2 Large Cat Pan from Van Ness Products

Sterilite 16558010 28-Quart Clear Storage Box See-through with White Lid Pack of 10 boxes

Sterilite Corp. 16558010 28 Quart Clear Storage Box

Tidy Cat Breeze Litter System – comes in open and closed boxes; you will need to keep buying pee pads and their special pellet litter

Yangbaga Stainless Steel Litter Box for Cat and Rabbit

Low-Sided Open

(USEFUL FOR KITTENS, SENIOR, DECLAWED, OR ARTHRITIC CATS)

Grey tabby cat hanging out in a litter box

There are various medical conditions that can affect a cat’s ability to easily and painlessly get into or out of a litter box. Low-sided open boxes are helpful for senior, declawed or arthritic cats.

These boxes are also good for kittens, since they can sometimes have difficulty with regular boxes due to their small size.

In addition to what’s listed above for regular open boxes, here are some specific ones made for cats who need lower sides for easy entrance and exit.

Check these sites to review and compare prices…

Amazon, Chewy, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, and Target. (These links are for your convenience… I make no money from them.)

KittyGoHere Litter Box Senior Cat Litter Box

SatisPet Large Square Cat Litter Box for Adult Cats & Kittens

Ramps

ramp to litter box

Ramps are useful to help your kitty get into a regular or high-sided box (if he’ll use it, of course).

The three ramps listed below are the only ones I could find currently on the market.

Kitty Box Ramp – cardboard ramps designed with replaceable treads

Litter Robot – LR2 Ramp & Scratch Pad

Purrfectly Clean Paws® Anti-Tracking, Scratcher, Cat Litter Box Ramp

High-Sided Open

cat playing

High-sided open boxes help contain litter mess and are good for a stand-to-pee cat.

As mentioned above, you can make your own or compare prices at Amazon, Chewy, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, Wayfair, and Target.

Other possibilities are…

iPrimio Ultimate Stainless Steel Cat XL Litter Box – Never Absorbs Odor, Stains, or Rusts – No Residue Build Up

IRIS Clean Pet Cat Kitty Open Top Large Cats Litter Box with Shield and Scoop

IRIS USA Pne-500H Large Shielded Litter Pan

Litter Genie Cat Litter Box

Modkat Litter Tray, Includes Scoop and Reusable Liner

Pureness CP2 Large Cat Pan from Van Ness Products

Yangbaga Stainless Steel Litter Box for Cat and Rabbit


Covered Litter Boxes

cat in paper bag

Covered boxes are used to contain litter mess, control odor, and keep pee in the box.

Yes, odor is contained within the box, but it’s now concentrated and your kitty has to smell it. Many cats refuse to use them unless kept very clean.

Another drawback is that covers cut off escape routes.

Cats need to feel secure while doing their business, which is important in homes with more than one cat, dogs, or young children.

To deal with this situation, boxes are now being made with the top removed but sides intact, as well as the sides being translucent or clear (see “High-Sided Open”).

There are so many options available. Check these sites to review and compare prices…

Amazon, Chewy, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, Wayfair, and Target. (These links are for your convenience… I make no money from them.)

Traditional Front Entry Covered

cat covering waste in clay litter box

Traditional covered boxes are rectangular with a plastic cover. The cat enters and exits through a front opening.

Some examples of front-entry covered boxes are…

Good Pet Stuff Plant Hidden Litter Box – looks like a potted plant

IRIS High Shield Litter Pan by IRIS

Kitangle Seamless Covered Litter Boxes – comes in front and top entry, angled and flat top

Modkat – various stylish covered, front and top entry

Pet Gear Pro Pawty for Cats Litter Box Cover – a fabric cover that encloses any regular litter box

Petmate Booda Dome Clean Step Cat Litter Box (also has a built in ramp)

Petmate 22793 Retracting Litter Pan

Pillows-RJF Pet Litter Box Cat Toilet

Top Entry Covered

Cat on litter box

The only difference between these and traditional covered boxes is that your cat enters and exits through a hole in the top. They can be expensive.

Some top entry boxes have ridges to help get litter off your kitty’s paws when exiting.

These have the same drawbacks as regular front-entry closed boxes.

Cats with medical problems (arthritis, urinary tract infections, etc.), along with small kittens, may find it too difficult to use these boxes.

Some examples of top-entry litter boxes are…

Arm & Hammer Top Entry Cat Litter Box

Frisco Top Entry Cat Litter Box, Gray, Large 23-in

IRIS Top Entry Cat Litter Box with Cat Litter Scoop

Modkat – various stylish, covered, front and top entry

Qks Cat Litter Box Fully-Closed Drawer Top-Entry Splash-Proof Cat Large Cat Toilet

So Phresh Top-Entry Litter Box, 23.23″ L x 15.5″ W x 15.13″ H


Corner Litter Box (Open or Covered)

cat up in a corner

Corner litter boxes are just like traditional open or covered boxes, except they’re triangular-shaped to fit in a corner. They’re usually made of plastic or stainless steel.

These boxes take up less space than others, but leave your cat with less escape routes and can become a trap if another cat waits to attack when they exit the box.

Of course, if you only have one cat or yours get along well, this won’t be a problem.

These are probably best used for quiet households with one cat, especially if you have an insecure, skittish kitty.

They’re also a good choice in a small apartment or other area where you don’t have much room.

kitten playing with a weed

Check these sites to review and compare prices…

Amazon, Chewy, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, Wayfair, and Target. (These links are for your convenience… I make no money from them.)

Some examples of corner litter pans are…

Kitangle Corner Kitty Cat Litter Box, Large

Van Ness Corner Enclosed Cat Pan, Silver, Large

Nature’s Miracle Advanced High Sided Corner Litter Box

Petmate Corner Open Litter Pan for Cats


Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes

Cat Looking out of washer

There are many different types of “self-cleaning” litter boxes on the market. The idea is that you don’t have to touch or do anything with the litter.

However, this doesn’t make them completely maintenance free… you can’t completely ignore it or your cat will let you know about it!

These boxes often require clumping litter, usually clay or silica.

Self-cleaning litter boxes are usually expensive so I recommend looking carefully at the manufacturers’ websites as well as any reviews you can find before making the investment.

meezer kitty lounging

When it comes to litter boxes in general, most cat behaviorists have found it’s best to keep it simple.

The more complex the box, the more risk of it malfunctioning, and the less likely your cat will use it.

You’ll want to evaluate these factors…

  • Ease of use for both you and your cat
  • How chill or nervous your cat is in general? (Will he accept this alien being?)
  • How quiet is the unit? (Some cats won’t go near it if it makes noise even if they’re not near the box when it happens.)
  • In multi-cat households, can you afford more than one box?
  • Ongoing expense of any special trays, litter, and replacement parts
  • The size of the actual area your cat will be using to do his business
  • The bulkiness of the whole unit
  • The amount of maintenance and cleaning involved (they’re not maintenance free)
  • Reliability of the mechanism over time… what’s its track record?

Check these sites to review and compare prices…

Amazon, Chewy, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, Wayfair, and Target. (These links are for your convenience… I make no money from them.)

Robot (Automatic)

robot litter box

Robot boxes have become well known and sound great… just be sure you know if it’ll work in your situation, since they’re very expensive.

A couple options are…

Litter Robot

Petree Litter Boxes


Roll & Clean (Manual)

rotating cement mixer

These manual rotating boxes (also know as “litter spinners”) are a nice idea, however some people find them difficult to clean, with soiled litter sticking to the sides.

People seem to love or hate them.

Lesser quality ones can have trouble with internal parts not working right or falling apart too quickly. Here are a couple options…

Litter Spinner Quick Clean Cat Litter Box

Omega Paw Regular Roll ‘n Clean Self Cleaning Litter Box for Cats


Sifting (Automatic or Manual)

colander

Automatic sifting boxes have rakes that push soiled litter out while keeping unused litter in the box.

Manual sifters are sieves that you shake to allow unused litter to fall to the bottom. The clumps and waste left on top are thrown away.

Sifter boxes come either open or covered and often require only certain types of clumping litter be used (usually clay or silica).

Some examples of sifting boxes are…

Automatic

mother cat with kitten

ChillX AutoEgg Self-Cleaning Litter Box

LitterMaid 3rd Edition Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box

PetSafe ScoopFree Automatic Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box – Includes Disposable Trays with Crystal Litter

Pet Zone Smart Scoop Automatic Litter Box (Self Cleaning Litter Box, Cat Litter Box with No Expensive Refills)

Manual

cat sitting on a person's feet

Arm & Hammer Light Gray Sifting Cat Litter Box, Large, 15.21″ W x 18″ L

The Boxscoop

Kitty Sift Disposable Sifting Litter Box and Eco-Friendly Sifting Liners, Jumbo and Large Sizes

Petmate 42101 Sifting Corner Litter Pan

Van Ness Framed Sifting Cat Litter Pan


Self-Flushing

cat litter toilet system

The self flushing box is an interesting concept developed by CatGenie. The website says it… “acts like a cat box, cleans like an appliance, and flushes like a toilet”. Find out more about it here…

CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box


Travel Litter Boxes

traveling with cat

There are litter boxes made specifically for traveling with cats. Some are disposable, others are not, but do collapse for convenient storage.

Don’t forget, your cat has to be able to stand up and turn around in it. The traditional size recommended for cats is 1 1/2 times the size of your cat.

Check these sites to review and compare prices…

Amazon, Chewy, Petco, Walmart, and Target. (These links are for your convenience… I make no money from them.)

Some worth a look are…

Collapsible

cat looking in window

Pet Fit For Life Collapsible Portable Litter Box and Bonus Collapsible Water Bowl

Misyue Cat Collapsible Litter Box

Necoichi Pop-up Portable Cat Litter Box

Petleader Collapsible Portable Cat Litter Box

Travel Cat – Litter Boxes


Disposable

disposing of cat litter

Disposable litter boxes are handy for various needs, such as traveling or short-term fostering situations. They come as rectangles or triangles (for corners).

Be sure they’re big enough for your cat to comfortably dig, turn around, and cover waste.

You can compare prices at Amazon, Chewy, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart, and Target.

Some examples are…

EcoPetBox Disposable Cat Litter Box, 3 count

Kitty Sift Disposable Sifting Litter Box and Eco-Friendly Sifting Liners, Jumbo and Large Sizes

Kitty’s Wonderbox Disposable Litter Box

Nature’s Miracle® Corner Disposable Cat Litter Box

Nature’s Miracle® Disposable Prefilled Cat Litter Pan – comes with a bag of litter

Petisfam Travel Litter Box for Cats with 1 Collapsible Bowl and 1 Scoop

PetSafe Disposable Collapsible Litter Box with ScoopFree Crystal Litter


Furniture Litter Box Enclosures

furniture for cat litter boxes

Litter box enclosures made from furniture are becoming popular. They’re a great solution to having ugly boxes in your living areas (living room, bedroom, etc.).

There are three priorities to consider when deciding if furniture enclosures are right for you…

  • Is it big enough for your cat(s) to use, turn around, dig and cover comfortably?
  • Do you have any cats who don’t like covered boxes?
  • Is it easy for you to get the box in and out for cleaning?

Any of these can be a problem. If your cat doesn’t like it he won’t use it… period.

If it’s not easy for you to get the box in and out, you won’t clean it often enough, it’ll stink and your cat will end up going elsewhere.

The good news is if he won’t use it, you can still use it as furniture. That doesn’t solve your ugly box problem, though.

There are plenty of options available now. Here are some places to start…

informal dining room

You can compare prices at Amazon, Chewy, Petco, Walmart, Target, Tuft & Paw, and Wayfair. Ebay and Etsy are other sources… search “furniture litter enclosure”.

Make your own out of existing furniture (17 Clever Ways to Hide the Litter Box) or

Automatic Cat Litter Box Cabinet to Fit ScoopFree and Others

Solid Wood Catbox Litter Box Enclosure in Espresso Side End Table

Cat Litter Box Furniture – wheelchair accessible

COZIWOW Designer Cat Washroom Storage Bench

CURIO in Maple, Mid-Century Modern Cat Litter Box Solution

MiaCara Sito, Tuft & Paw

The Refined Feline – “Cat Litter Box Cabinet”

Rifiuti, Tuft & Paw

Tangkula Nightstand Pet House

Zoovilla Cat Washroom Night Stand & Pet House in White


Privacy Screens

screen room divider

These are a good alternative if your cat won’t use a covered box or furniture enclosure. These are the two I found…

PetFusion ModestCat Litter Box Privacy Screen – (3′ Tall; 4′ Wide)

Hawkesbury Litter Box Enclosure


Related items are helpful and often necessary to make it easier for you to deal with soiled litter and nuisances like scattered or tracking litter.

Disposal Systems

litter disposal

These are containers you keep next to the boxes for easy disposal.

Litter Genie Ultimate Cat Litter Disposal System, Pail with Refill and Scoop

PetFusion Portable Cat Litter Disposal Bin


Scoops

Scoops are necessary for dealing with any litter box, including robot and other “self-cleaning” ones.

There’s no such thing as a completely hands-free, no maintenance box.

There are different types of scoops with various hole sizes to go with whatever litter you use.

Here are some options…

shovel-litter scoop

Metal

Cat Litter Scoop Solid Aluminum Alloy Sifter Deep Shovel with Flexible Long Handle

DuraScoop Jumbo Cat Litter Scoop, All Metal End-to-End with Solid Core, Sifter with Deep Shovel, Multi-Cat Tested Accep

IPRIMIO Cat Litter Scooper with Deep Shovel – Non Stick Plated Aluminum Scoop – Designed by Cat Owners – Patented Sifter 

Plastic

Petmate Litter Scoop with Antimicrobial Protection

Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Litter Black Scoop & Caddy

Modern Cat Litter Scoop and Base Set

Whisker City® Easy Sift Cat Litter Scoop


Litter Mats

mat

Litter Mats help clean your cat’s paws when leaving the box and walking away. This keeps litter and dust from tracking everywhere.

The larger the mat, the more it will help contain any mess.

A big factor in whether or not you need one is the type of litter you use.

Softer, sandier litter sticks more easily to paws and tracks more than large hard pellets.

Some cats won’t step on hard pellets so litter mats can be a good compromise between their need for soft litter and your need for a clean house.

Some options are listed here…

Gorilla Grip Original Premium Durable Cat Litter Mat

Litter Catch for the Refined Litter Box

PetLike Cat Litter Mat

Petmate Corner Litter Mat

Waretary Professional Cat Litter Mat, 30″x 24″ Honeycomb Double Layer Waterproof Urine Proof Trapper Mat for Litter Boxes 

WePet Cat Litter Mat, Kitty Litter Trapping Mat, Honeycomb Double Layer Mats


Miscellaneous Items

There are other miscellaneous items related to care and use of litter boxes, however, most aren’t necessary or recommended by cat behaviorists.

cat claws

Deodorizers and liners are examples of items that aren’t necessary. Many cats hate the smell of deodorants and air fresheners.

You may drive your buddy away from the box if you use them.

Liners can be a problem because most cats don’t like the feel of them and their claws make holes and tears.

This means pee will run down underneath the liner and make an even bigger, smelly mess. Yuck!

If you properly clean your boxes and use litter that works well for both you and your cat, you won’t need either.

If you’d like further helpful information about litter or dealing with litter box problems, see “Related Pages of Interest” below.


Location, Location, Location…The BoxCleaning Cat Urine
Deciphering Pee PatternsSymptoms of Illness in Your Cat
The Territorial CatCat Behavior…Is My Cat Nuts??
What Are the Best Types of Cat Litter?What’s the Best Cat Litter Box?
Why Is My Cat Pooping Outside the Box?Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside the Litter Box?

Sources

Sources used on this website are either primary or secondary. Primary are always preferable and have the most reliable information because primary sources are original and directly referenced. Scientific abstracts and data are good examples of primary sources.

Secondary sources are weaker because they usually consist of opinions or articles that give no sources of their own. However, sometimes they refer to primary sources. Thus, when I use secondary sources most are those with some authority, such as veterinarian or cat behaviorist books and articles.

List of Sources

Some of the sources listed below sell litter products or link to places that do. These are for your convenience only… I make no money from them.

A-M

Alphapet

Amazon

The Box Scoop

Cat Genie

Cat Whisperer Products

Chewy

Chillx Auto Egg

Co-Z Palace

Ebay

Etsy

Hauspanther

Jackson Galaxy

Kitty Box Ramp

Litter Robot

Modkat

N-Z

Out of Sight Litter Box

Petco

Pet Fusion

Petree Litter Boxes

PetSmart

The Refined Feline

Simply Paws Design

The Spruce Pets

Target

Tuft & Paw

Walmart

Wayfair